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Pre-Fab Yurt for Storage, Utility or Tiny Living

| January 5, 2012 | Gear
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Tyler: Neat idea and sound quite economic for building and then transporting to site. Would love to see photos of some that have been built!

The TenYurt eBook details a very simple DIY prefab structure that can serve a number of needs. It can be used for simple storage or basic shelter. Why the name TenYurt? Well it is called a TenYurt simply because it has ten sides and looks a bit like a yurt.

The basic design can also be enhanced in a number of ways to make it as complete as your needs and budget allow. The eBook about the TenYurt contains 37 pages of detailed design and construction information. There is a list of tool suggestions and each part describes which tool is best for each operation. Included are complete dimensions for all the parts and a complete parts list for both the sub-component parts as well as for the whole project.

There is also detailed information about alternative materials and suggestions  on ways that the TenYurt can be enhanced. The TenYurt has been carefully designed to maximize the use of materials in such a way that there is almost no wastage. It has also been designed to allow prefabrication at a location that is remote to where you would like to install it. All of the pieces will fit into a pickup truck for transportation and nothing is larger than 4′ x 8′.

The component parts are light enough to be easily handled and installation should be a fairly simple and quick task for two people. Depending on material choices and level of enhancements it should be possible to build a TenYurt for as little as perhaps $300 or $400. Enhancements will of course cost more. The following snapshots show the full content of the book to give you an idea of the number of illustrations and the level of detail included.

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The Practical Costs & Profit of Keeping Chickens

| December 30, 2011 | Resources
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While it is hard to put a price on the food security and safety of owning your owning laying chickens, you can calculate the raw financial aspects of it. At the Poultry Guide web site, they’ve provided a very detailed calculator, the Poultry ROI Calculator, that will allow you to do just that.  While all the values are in UK pounds by default, you can also select US dollars, and Euros.

The Poultry Guide - A to Z and FAQ

View and use the Poultry ROI Calculator.

Tyler:  Bees and beekeepers are simply amazing. I’m very happy to see them and their enthusiasts flourishing in urban spaces.

We’ve already seen studies that suggest that big city bees may be healthier than their rural counterparts. And that’s something Bryon Waibel—proprietor of America’s only urban beekeeping store Her Majesty’s Secret Beekeeper—would agree with. Having seen his own urban bees thrive while his Dad’s bees in the countryside of Minnesota have struggled, Waibel is convinced that the city may be the home of the future for honeybees.

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Patagonia Travel Belt

| December 27, 2011 | Featured, Gear
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patagonia-travel-belt-xl.jpegTyler: We’ve all seen the classic travel and money belts, but this is the first one I might own.

Belts are boring, but essential tools. Outside of holding up pants their utility tends to be fairly limited. I own the previously reviewed 686 Tool Belt, and find it useful from time to time, but decided I wanted something simpler for traveling. After reading about the benefits of nylon webbing, I picked up one of Patagonia’s Travel Belts.

The Travel Belt, like the previously reviewed Tech Web Belt, is made up of nylon webbing that can be cut down to size and sealed with an open flame. Unlike standard webbing belts, the Travel Belt has a long 19″ x 1.5″ zippered pocket sewn on the inside that can easily stash a folded copy of a passport, folded currency, and keys. The pocket is surprisingly lengthy and capacious that when filled is never uncomfortable or ungainly.

I’m not a paranoid traveller, but I do recognize that it’s possible to lose a wallet, or have a bag whisked away at an inopportune moment. The Travel Belt makes it very unlikely that I’ll lose everything. On a recent trip to Bangladesh, I kept a folded copy of my partner’s and my passport, $20 in local currency, and an apartment key in the hidden pocket. Luckily, we never had need of the belt’s contents, but the security of knowing we wouldn’t be without bus fare home was comforting.

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Cucumber Gardening Made Easy

| August 29, 2009 | Featured, Food, Resources
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One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to grow cucumbers is in a raised bed system. Not just any old system but a cinder block garden. This garden system requires no hammer, nails or wood. It uses cinder blocks for the walls. Inside the blocks you can tailor your soil mix to suit your personal needs and worry less about the limitations of your local soil conditions. It’s even attractive enough to replace those sterile plots of plant life we call “lawns” and sidewalk green space. Raised bed containers can use as little as ¼ the space of a conventional row garden and need up to 1/4 the time and water to grow the same amount of food.
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Easy Home Made Fruit Leather

| August 24, 2009 | Featured, Food
Views: 9841 | 1 Comment

Those dried, chewy strips of fruit found in the snack and health isle of your grocery store are an excellent replacement for candy bars but command a premium price. Ironic really, if you consider that like jams, fruit leather is just one more way to get additional mileage out of low to middle quality fruits before they go bad. Pretty much any fruit that can be made into jams can be made into fruit leather (i.e. I haven’t had much luck with things like citrus and bananas). One drawback (or advantage, depending on your nutritional outlook) is that the fruit leather described below do not have the powerful artificial preservatives present in their commercial counterparts. As such, they should not be stored for long periods at room temperatures. Either consume within a couple days or freeze for later.

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